From Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers
Body Reading or Physiognomancy is the art of character analysis and divination through physical formations on the body of the client, including the shape of the head (Phrenology), the structure of the face (Face Reading), and the lines on the palms of the hand (Palmistry, Chiromancy, or Hand Reading).
Due to the individual nature of a person's musculature, dexterity, and training, graphology is also sometimes considered to be one of the arts of body reading.
Phrenology: Reading the Structure of the Head
In hoodoo practice, character reading through phrenology may be combined with prayer or hands-on spiritual cleansing, the client's head being read as a form of spiritual assessment, while the head is being bathed or washed or the client is being suffumigated or smoked with incense. Additionally, parents may request a phrenological reading of a child in order to help them understand what the child's talents and skills may be.
Face Readingdiviners and character analysts who, by examining a person's facial features, are able to determine their subject's gifts and strengths, weaknesses and problem areas, and to determine his or her overall personality tendencies and probable health issues.
Facial typology tends to become more pronounced as a person ages, since personality traits, work habits, accidents, and disease are reflected in the body and face as time goes on. This makes interpreting the faces of middle-aged adults particularly productive for the skilled reader. Children, whose characters and futures are yet plastic and mobile, may be read, but these readings should be carefully done, with the recognition that change is probable.
In the past, face readers generally worked among a regional population of ethnically homogenized clients, training themselves to identify and make note of subtle variations from the average facial types of their own race. Lists of facial feature characteristics, as well as facial feature maps and models, were developed by such readers in many parts of the world, based on centuries of experienced observation. Chinese medical physiognomology and European facial character analysis are two of the best known of these regionally developed systems of face reading.
Once global travel became a reality, it became obvious to all who worked in the field of face reading that one nation's concept of a "long nose" may be highly different from another's, and that the "low forehead" of one race would differ markedly from the "low forehead" of another. Due to the mingling of people from formerly isolated regions, the modern face reader's training now includes familiarity with people of varied ethnic and racial types. Today, face reading requires more understanding of genetics and heredity than it did in the past, and the talented modern physiognomist can read people of any race, seeing deep into the character and the current conditions that surround and influence the person under scrutiny.
Face reading can be combined with Psychometry or reading an object, particularly with the psychometiric technique of reading a photograph. If the photograph shows clear facial features and the reader is both gifted for Psychometry and face reading, then a good character analysis can be given for someone in whom the client is interested, but who cannot be brought to the face reader in person.
Palmistry: Chiromancy or Hand Reading
Cheiromancy or Chiromancy (from the Greek "cheir," meaning "hand," plus "manteia", meaning "divination") -- also known as Palmistry, Hand Reading, Palm Reading, Chirology, or Hand Analysis -- is the art of characterization and foretelling the future through the study of the palm. The practice of palmistry is found all over the world, with numerous cultural variations. Those who practice cheiromancy are generally called Palmists, Palm Readers, Hand Readers, Hand Analysts, or Chirologists. The shape, lines, mounds, and marks on the hand are used by palmists both for character analysis and for foretelling the future for clients. Most cheiromancers and hoodoo hand readers work only in person, but some will psychically read palm-prints or hand-scans.
Graphology: Handwriting Analysis
Graphology is a means of determining personality traits, moral fiber, areas of strengths and weaknesses, talents, and to some degree, physical health by examination of a subject's handwriting. It can be performed for a client, as a part of guided self-analysis and spiritual development, but it is most often performed by a handwriting analyst for a client who wishes to learn hidden or otherwise unexpressed information about the character of a friend, spouse, or potential employee.
- Divination and Fortune Telling by Psychic Body Reading, Phrenology, and Face Reading